There was a point in time when I was a little gun-shy about illness.
We had such a rough two years for my husband Ben and somewhat for my daughter as we were going through his detox and still healing our daughter (you can read Rebekah’s allergy story if you haven’t for more details on that). While the rest of us were *usually* okay, we had a few minor illnesses. Dealing with someone not feeling well for some reason practically every week — sometimes more than once was just…rough. Sometimes, I even felt anxious about potential illness and worried any time someone did anything out of the ordinary…just in case.
I would not let this stop us, and I sure wasn’t going to hole up in our home all winter long (that didn’t sound like fun!). Instead, I took some precautions when we went out, especially in heavily populated areas like indoor playgrounds.
This immune-supporting tea is one of the precautions I took at the time. It’s something I’d make any time I thought we might get exposed, knew we had been exposed, or at the first signs of illness.
Fast forward to now: I am familiar with how the immune system works and fear illness much less. Nonetheless, maybe this simple recipe will ease a new mom’s mind. 🙂
- 2 tbsp. nettles
- 2 tbsp. oatstraw
- 1 tbsp. elderberries
- 1 tsp. echinacea
- 1 slice of fresh ginger
- 1-quart boiling water
- Raw honey to taste
Step 1: In a quart jar, add all your herbs.
Step 2: Pour boiling water over the mix, shake, or stir (shake with lid on, obviously) to combine. Let this sit overnight or for several hours.
Step 3: The next day, strain the herbs out.
Step 4: Add raw honey to taste. (This is a very sweet mix, and the strong ginger flavor doesn’t really come through.)
Step 5: Shake or stir to combine with honey and drink.
Easy! Immune-supporting tea is a great addition to your arsenal…just in case. 🙂